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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Sunday, April 17, 2016


It's nice to know that this exists. I am composing a song in D that uses one of these cliché progressions (I vi ii V), but the song does not sound cliché at all, I'm hoping. One of the elements of learning a language is to be able to use clichés effectively. While the native speaker is slave to cliché, the second-language learner struggles to speak in them naturally and effectively.

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